Every discipline has specific requirements regarding parts of the thesis. The Formatting & Submission area of this site will give you details related to the particular layout you need to follow, but first, here is a general overview:
- All theses will have Front Matter which includes an Abstract. How the abstract is structured depends on your field
- All theses will also have End Matter which will include a Bibliography or References section. Use of the MLA Handbook, the Chicago Manual of Style, or APA format depends on your field
You are expected to be thoroughly familiar with all of Harvard Extension School's regulations involving plagiarism, the proper use of sources, and the preparation of academic papers. You can learn more about these regulations at: Academic Integrity
Your thesis will be broken into chapters - some fields have a specific number/type of chapters.
- Biology and Psychology have 4 chapters: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion
- Other disciplines such as English, History, and Math for Teaching have much more flexibility
We want you to have the structure you need to construct your work as efficiently as possible, but also give you the flexibility you need to flesh out your ideas and support your hypothesis.
Please consult with your Research Advisor whenever you have questions.